No matter where you live, which race you belong to or what religion you follow, you should pay taxes in time so that you can contribute in the growth of your country. Taxes are the backbone of every nation since no government can build a healthy and strong nation, if we are not paying the taxes religiously. The magnificent infrastructure you see in you neighbor hood, is just because our government is getting taxes from us. You might be taking it as a life time debt however; it is moral responsibility so that we can build a healthy and civilized society.
Many a times, people fail to pay their taxes in time and if you’re not filing your taxes in time, you might find yourself in trouble. First thing that you should do to avoid much of problems of taxpaying is that organize all your tax records. This will be the best way to reduce the time for preparation when time comes to pay the taxes. If you don’t file the tax, it becomes a punishable offence. You should file tax, if your gross annual income exceeds a set amount defined by the government. The amount is fixed however, subject to change annually. Omission or failure of filing the tax return is serious federal crime and you might get imprisoned or need to pay heavy fine. IRS will give you time to pay your debts including fine however, if you could not pay in prescribed time then a severe action will be taken against you.
Government provides various options for tax relief, so if you know the terms and conditions and few laws you can reduce your income to a large extent. While calculating your annul income tax, you can deduct the amount as tax relief against the income tax. Tax relief is usually categorized for self employed people, educational and training institutes, insurance premiums (both medical and insurance), donations to charitable trusts and property.
Some expenses also entitled for tax relief. Most common expenses that fall under this category are interest on educational loans, travel expenses, investment in pension schemes and certain subscription or fee. You get percentage of tax relief on rents, phone bills and lightings. If a taxpayer is affected by natural calamities, he/she is entitled for tax relief. You can also pay your debts in installments which is a kind of tax relief.
In the process of payment plan, IRS will give you a timeframe in which you’d need to clear all your debts and equal installments will be made for this purpose. You can negotiate on the amount of the monthly installments. Before meeting with IRS agents, you should take some tips from a person who has same sort of experience in this regard. If you know some rules and have a little knowledge about how IRS works, you can turn the game in your favor.